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Program Guide: August 10, 2014 (Av 14, 5774) 

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Rocky Mountain Jewish Pet of the Week: Chilly

Meet Chilly, a Morkii - part Maltese, part Yorkshire Terrier - owned by Tamara S. Pester, a Denver attorney and inventor of the Passover Bingo game.  Chilly is gregarious, easily making friends with neighborhood canines, eliciting treats from other dog owners, and even extending a paw of friendship to a cat or two.  Read all about Chilly here.

Meet Emma (top right)  Meet Oliver (second right) 

Chilly's photo (at left) by Avital Rotbart 

There's a lot to look forward to in this week's newsletter, including:
  • IsraelScore™ Celebrity Index: Tracking Our Friends and Our Enemies
  • News and Features You Don't Want To Miss
  • Save the Date:  52nd Annual EDOS Dinner
  • Colorado Jewish Calendar
  • And More...... Be Sure To Scroll Down!!!   

Paula Burger and Andrea Jacobs read excerpts from their book, Paula's Window, at the Tattered Cover bookstore on Thursday, July 7th.  Click here to view more photos from the event.


An Exclusive Interview with Author Rachel Kodanaz
365 Daily Lessons and Thought-Provoking Ideas


Rachel Kodanaz



Two decades ago, Rachel Kodanaz, then a young mother, lost her husband.

Now Rachel, this week's exclusive guest on Radio Chavura, is reaching out to other individuals and families that have experienced a significant loss and providing them with inspiration and practical tools to continue living.

"Living With Loss, One Day At A Time," is Rachel's 365-day (and chapter) guide to helping those who have survived the death of a loved one, or other significant losses, to find encouragement, hope, and comfort in everyday activities.

In some chapters Rachel's voice is resembles a drill sergeant, ordering the bereaved to get dressed, get out, and get to work. At other times, she is gentle - granting readers permission to skip their responsibilities for the day and go watch a movie or partake in other similar treats.

Ultimately, Rachel is a guide - a coach - who is with you every step of the way. Whether your loss is fresh or just feels that way, you have a friend in Rachel and "Living With Loss, One Day At A Time." Find out more and order individual and bulk copies of the book at:

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Radio Chavura is sponsored in part by Feldman, Denver's Jewish mortuary for 78 years, and its newest funeral service, Generations, creating inclusive memorial events for interfaith families. Read about Feldman's upcoming "Before The Mourning" series here.




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Clockwise: Harush, Lightstone, Spiro, Vishnitsky, Kaye, and Rooks-Rapport
Rabbi Aryeh Lightstone - A Pioneer in Jewish Online Education  Listen

Rabbi Ken Spiro Discusses Turmoil in the Middle East at The Jewish Experience   Week One    Week Two

Yael Rooks-Rapport & Sam Kaye - Rabbinic Interns at Temple Emanuel Listen

Yedidya Harush - Israeli Pioneer Working with JNF to Reclaim the Negev  Listen

Yana Vishnitsky - President & CEO of Jewish Family Service of Colorado Listen

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A Scorecard on Those Prominent Individuals 
Who Stand with, and Against, Israel


The IsraelScore™ Celebrity Index is intended to help our listeners and readers track Israel's friends, and those providing comfort to our enemies, so that you can 'vote' intelligently when you go to the movies, checkout counter, or election booth. 

If you permit your children to view movies featuring those actors who condemn Israel, or purchase music by singers and groups that support the BDS movement, you are harming Israel and the Jewish people.

Click here to see which celebrities Stand With Israel and Stand Against Israel*.  Updated Weekly!

Send your suggestions for other celebrities to include on the IsraelScore™ Celebrity Index to: [email protected].

*List is in formation. For regular updates, follow

Exclusive Chavura Photos Galorie   
Were You There?  Who Do You Recognize?

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On June 30th, 18 days after being kidnapped by Palestinian terrorists, Eyal YifrachGilad Shaar and Naftali Frankel, yeshiva students in Gush Etzion, were found murdered.

Today marks 10,489 days since Jonathan Pollard ( was imprisoned in the United States. Read Maxwell Rotbart's column, Separating fact from fiction about Jonathan Pollard, on

Today marks 1,712 days since Alan Gross ( was imprisoned in Cuba. Alan Gross's mother passed away in June 2014. Read about the most recent details of Alan's plight here. TalyasNews

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Thanks to the following individuals whose keen eyes helped us identify articles of interest in recent editions: Richard Behar, Shlomo FriedDr. Herzl MelmedDr. Donald Salem, Lela Kay, Chaya Parkoff, Eve LevyRabbi Daniel Alter, Dr. Harley Rotbart, Dr. Rachel RabinovitchCheryl and David Fellows, Tamari Gruszow, and Shirley Lewis. 

If you spot a news feature that is worth including in a future edition of this newsletter, please email the URL to Talya at [email protected]

by Breitbart News (August 9, 2014)

An unnamed Israeli military source spoke to Breitbart News about the story of how Hamas used an UNRWA ambulance, a mosque, and the Islamic University to carry out the attack that killed the three IDF soldiers.


The officer explained how, after the suicide bombing that killed Lt. Goldin, a second kidnapping team of Hamas terrorists grabbed parts of his body and ran back into the tunnel from which the terrorists emerged. The tunnel led back into a mosque. From the mosque, they escaped in a clearly marked UNRWA ambulance. The terrorists then made contact with high-ranking Hamas officials hiding in the Islamic University. 


by Glasgow City Council (August 8, 2014)


Councillor Archie Graham, Depute Leader of the Council, said: "The decision to fly the Palestinian flag on Friday, 8 August, is intended to show our support for the innocent people who are being hurt in Gaza.


"It is not intended to show support for one side or the other in this conflict.


"The Lord Provost has written to the Mayor of Bethlehem, which is twinned with Glasgow, to offer condolences to the many people in the city and throughout Palestine who have been affected."

by Mary Chastain (August 8, 2014)

The unstable region is under control of pro-Russian forces who choose to persecute anyone who does not adhere to the Russian Orthodox Church. Christians who are not members of that church, who also face persecution, have reached out to help the Jews.

"This is the biggest Jewish refugee crisis in Ukraine since World War II," said Rabbi Sholom Gopin. "Jews of our community left everything behind. They have no homes, no jobs, no money. Many still have family stuck in Lugansk. This week, five elderly people were killed in an explosion at an old-age home adjacent to our Simcha Jewish Orphanage, where close to 40 Jews are now staying.

by Ibrahim Balkhy (August 7, 2014)

Starbucks in Beirut (But Not Tel Aviv)!
Starbucks in Beirut (but not Tel Aviv)

As far as why the company closed its Israel locations, the statement answers: "We decided to dissolve our partnership in Israel in 2003 due to the on-going operational challenges that we experienced in that market. After many months of discussion with our partner we came to this amicable decision. While this was a difficult decision for both companies, we believe it remains the right decision for our businesses."


While unstated, the political backdrop for the defensive nature of the statement could lie in the the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, which advocates for boycotting Israeli products and companies that give money to Israel. Over the past several years, the movement has grown, even while it was criticized by people on all sides of the political spectrum, even leftist icon Noam Chomsky.


Despite not currently having any locations in Israel, Starbucks operates in most other countries in the Middle East, including Morocco, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates.


by Jerusalem Post Sports Staff (August 7, 2014)

The Israel men's senior national team won European Championship C-Pool in Ljubljana, Slovenia, cruising through the championship game with pitcher Alon Leichman shutting out the Slovenian team for a 14-0 victory.
The triumph in Ljubljana elevated Israel to the CEB (Confederation of European Baseball) B Pool for next year's competition.

Israel's victory was absolute, with five straight, convincing victories against Finland (13-1), Slovenia (9-0), Latvia (9-3), Romania (8-3 in the semifinals) and Slovenia in the finals. The run differential in all five victories was an impressive 53-7.


by Nick Cohen (August 6, 2014)

'Would you force anyone else to behave like this?' the promoters of the UK Jewish Film Festival asked the artistic director of London's Tricycle Theatre.


Indhu Rubasingham and her colleagues dodged and hummed. They didn't like the question and did not want to reply to it. The silence was an answer in itself. Of course the theatre would not hold others to the same standard: just Jews.


The Tricycle banned London's annual Jewish Film Festival yesterday - canceling 26 showings and six gala performances - after Rubasingham demanded that the festival organizers return a small sum - about 1,400 - they had received from the Israeli embassy.

video by The Blaze (August 5, 2014)









Heartwarming! Japanese Rally For Israel!

video by Stand With Us (August 3, 2014)



Did You Spot This Photo?
No IDF Dog Left Behind

IDF Carries Wounded German Shepherd Hero Back Home


Click here to view other pictures of IDF Dogs


East Denver Orthodox Synagogue
52nd Annual Dinner
September 18, 2014 - 7pm
Honoring: Dr. Yitzchak & Michelle Teitelbaum with the Service and Leadership Award
Recognizing: George Gumbiner with the HaKarat HaTov Award
Guest Speaker: Dr. David Pelcovitz

Hebrew Calendar

Radio Chavura's Colorado Jewish Calendar   


CAJE Adult Ed courses start BEFORE THE HOLIDAYS this year and include offerings such as "Secrets of the Soul" and "Beyond Borders," a history of the Arab-Israeli conflict. Make sure to register by visiting or contact Sarah Levy for additional information at [email protected].


August 13 (Wednesday): Feldman Mortuary presents the six-part, Before the Mourning: Sacred Conversations About End-of-Life Concerns series, beginning today.  Noon.  Free. PARKPLACE, 111 Emerson, Denver. RSVP to Jamie Sarche at 720-404-6772 or [email protected]

See ad above. Also: August 20th, August 27, September 3, September 10th and September 17th.


August 14 (Thursday):  Yonatan Razel LIVE in concert at The Jewish Experience, 399 S. Monaco Parkway.  Dessert reception.  7 pm.  $36 in advance.  $42 at the door.  Phone: 303-316-6412. See ad below.


August 15 (Friday): Temple Emanuel is preparing "a wonderful weekend of activities to celebrate Shwayder Camp's 65th anniversary [from] August 15-17" and needs volunteers. Email Francie Miran to learn how you can participate.


August 16 (Saturday): At 5:00 p.m., come attend a "Heavenly Lemonade" class with Rabbi Bernard Gerson at Congregation Rodef Shalom (450 S. Kearny, 80224). While the event is free and open to the public, reservations are requested at 303-399-0035.  


August 17 (Sunday): Join the Boulder JCC (3800 Kalmia Avenue) from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm for its 2nd Annual Family Fun, Food & Fitness Festival, featuring archery, frisbees, beanbag toss, a GaGa pit, and more. 



Come to a fun, 16-mile bike ride from Ekar Farm to Delany Farm along the Highline Canal trail. Younger bicyclists will participate in a 5-mile ride. Register at


August 24 (Sunday): The Hebrew Educational Alliance will be having a "Mitzvah 613 - Writing Our Legacy" Torah-letter writing campaign starting on August 24 and continuing through August 26. Click here for more information.



At 11:00 a.m, come learn about the Jewish communities of India with Sandra Bornstein at Congregation Rodef Shalom (450 S. Kearny, 80224). Reservations at 303-399-0035 are strongly encouraged. Fee.



Temple Sinai has designated today as a Habitat Interfaith Alliance building day. For more information or to participate, contact Lisa Friedman at 303-758-0778.



Come to the Lone Tree Arts Center (10075 Commons St, 80124) to hear Eva Schloss, step-sister of Anne Frank, z'l, in an event benefitting Chabad Jewish Center of South Metro Denver, The Garden Preschool and Early Learning Center, and The Friendship Circle.


August 26 (Tuesday): At 9:30 a.m., attend a morning of baseball trivia, music, history, and more with Rabbi Steven Rubinstein, Kavod On The Road and Congregation Rodef Shalom (450 S. Kearny, 80024). RSVP to 303-399-0035. Suggested donation.



August 27 (Wednesday): JEWISHcolorado 2014 Annual Meeting. Infinity Park Event Center, 4400 E. Kentucky Avenue, Glendale, 80246. 7 pm. Couvert: $18.  Dessert Reception.  RSVP by Wednesday, August 20th: [email protected] or 303-316-6488.


Award Recipients: Seth Wong, Ruth & Warren Toltz Young Leadership Award; Cintra Pollack, Charlotte B. Tucker Young Leadership Award; Lisa Engbar, Volunteer of the Year.


August 28 (Thursday): Congregation Rodef Shalom has designated today, from 8:00 am until 4:00 pm as a Habitat Interfaith Alliance building day in Montbello. For more information or to participate, contact 

Leslie Tjarks (303-220-0189) or Janet Smith (303-755-4333).



Please come and welcome two new members of the Rose Community Foundation (600 S. Cherry Street #1200, 80246) - Jennifer Moe, incoming director of external communications and public relations, and Beckett Stokes, incoming director of internal communications - at a reception from 4:30 - 6:00 pm. RSVP by August 20th to Alicia at [email protected].

September 5 (Friday): Temple Sinai has designated today as a Habitat Interfaith Alliance building day. For more information or to participate, contact Lisa Friedman at 303-758-0778.


September 7 (Sunday): Challah Baking presented by the Hebrew Educational Alliance Sisterhood, 10:30 am, in the HEA Social Hall. Taught by Joan Saliman.  Free. RSVP to [email protected]



From  3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. come attend a Congregation Rodef Shalom picnic, BBQ, games, and face painting event at Cook Park (Monaco and Cherry Creek South). Prospective members attend free. RSVP to 303-399-0035. Fee.


September 18 (Thursday):  52nd Annual Dinner - East Denver Orthodox Synagogue. Honoring Dr. Yitzchak & Michelle Teitelbaum and George Gumbiner.  Guest speaker: Dr. David Pelcovitz.  7 pm.  See ad above.


September 20 (Saturday):  Save the Date! - Benjamin Pogrund, renowned international journalist/editor, will be the keynote speaker for Selichot at BMH-BJ at 8 pm.  Co-sponsored by Action Israel.  Additional details to follow.


Come attend a day-long Jewish Genealogical Society of Colorado seminar. Call Ellen Kowitt at 303-929-6212 for more information.

Mizel Arts and Culture Center (MACC) at the JCC will present the 2014 Neustadt JAAMM Fest from October 22 through November 9 at the Robert E. Loup Jewish Community Center.  MACC features Jewish arts, authors, and movies.  Among this year's headliners is Pulitzer-Prize winning author, Michael Chabon.

 Send calendar notices for your organization's upcoming events to us at: [email protected].

August 14, 2014

Please click on the images below to show your support for each of Denver's top-tier Jewish day schools:



Photography by Avital
 Children * Parties * Graduations * Camps * Events * Reunions

Contact Avital by email at [email protected] or phone her at 855-539-4744 

Click on image above to view the 3rd and 4th Gen page

The newly launched 3rd and 4th Gen Holocaust survivors Facebook page is a place for young people to connect and share stories about their ancestors and their own lives today.

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